Acoustics in the office – Guest post

Acoustics play a huge role in interior design. Interior acoustics massively influence how you experience a space in a room. All rooms, be it with commercial environments and the workplace or at home, will need the appropriate acoustic treatment. Sound waves reverberate around rooms without acoustic treatments, unfortunately resulting in difficulty understanding speech and noise amplification. This article discusses the different ways in which you can improve a room’s acoustics.

In interior acoustics, there are tons of factors to consider when designing a room. You need to think about the ceiling’s height and what you need to use the room for. Do you want to reduce noise levels to boost concentration and productivity? Or do you need to induce a sense of privacy so that customers or workers can have confidential discussions?

Strategic interior design can directly address your individual acoustic needs. Depending on your individual requirements, there are a few distinct acoustic solutions to consider: For example in the workplace, you can have:

Acoustic Carpet Tiles:

Carpet tiles are a natural sound absorber because of their softness and play a massive part in a room’s acoustic environment. Acoustic underlay and acoustic floor panels are other acoustic flooring products that you can consider. If you want to know how many carpet tiles you need for a room, check out this carpet tile calculator.

Acoustic Baffles:

These are similar to acoustic panels and work in that they absorb reflected noise.

Privacy booths:

These offer you privacy at work and help reduce noise from reaching and distracting those working in the booths.

Acoustic Wall Tiles:

Acoustic wall tiles reduce the level of reverberation in rooms by absorbing sounds and dampening its effects, instead of sound ‘bouncing’ off the walls.

Acoustic Panels:

These are produced with foam fillings and are attached to walls and ceilings, dampening echos and sound wave reverberation in the process.

One thing to note is that you need to check that your acoustical treatments are indeed absorbing the appropriate sound frequencies. This is because different materials absorb sound frequencies in varied ways.

Another aspect to keep in mind in interior acoustics are materials that are soft, absorbent and squidgy. These are brilliant at absorbing sound within the home or at work. Soft materials such as carpet are fantastic at reducing sound wave reverberation and echoes; conversely – materials that are shiny and hard will cause noise amplification as they amplify and reflect sound.

The acoustics in interior design is pivotal in any interior design project and the methods and benefits mentioned don’t just stop there. Looking to fit in commercial carpet tiles to make acoustic improvements to a room? Contact Carpet Tiles Next Day today for expert advice on interior design and sound quality.

This is a guest post written for Flexiform.